Holmenkollen to fend off more ‘fylla’

UPDATED: More crowds and sports fans headed up to Holmenkollen in Oslo over the weekend, for World Cup biathlon competition. Organizers promised that they would not be subjected to the drunken disordliness called fylla that plagued last weekend’s World Cup ski jumping and cross-country events, and that they were “working hard” to prevent it from […]

‘Kollen’ shame hurts Olympic hopes

Norway’s biggest annual winter sports weekend ended with Norwegians winning most everything, but leaving them stunned and shamed by drunk- and disorderly conduct among spectators. Athletes’ hopes of another Winter Olympics (OL) in Norway were quickly put on ice, at least temporarily. The chaos that spoiled the Holmenkollen Ski Festival on Saturday was not reflected in […]

Crowd chaos at Holmenkollen

Enormous crowds and public drunkenness created what police described as “pure chaos” at the annual Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Oslo on Saturday. Intoxicated and aggressive members of the public started fights, tore down security fences and overwhelmed the public transport system, and at least eight people were injured. “We had looked forward to a fine […]

Holmenkollen drew Olympic stars

UPDATED: Winter sports stars gathered in Oslo over the weekend for the annual Holmenkollen Ski Festival. One of them was attracting more attention, and not just because of his carefully waxed moustache. Ski jumper Robert Johansson won individual bronze medals and team gold at the Olympics in South Korea, and then came home to win […]

Norwegians still winning in winter

Two weeks after Norwegians dominated the Winter Olympics in South Korea they were back winning again at major winter sporting events over the weekend. Ski jumper Maren Lundby even made history. Lundby, who won gold at the Olympics, became the first Norwegian to win the overall World Cup in ski jumping for women. She claimed […]

Even more gold for skater, ski jumpers

Norway won its first-ever Olympic gold medal in team ski jumping on Monday, and its first gold in the 500-meter speed skating event in 70 years. The victories added to the country’s already impressive haul at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, after having claimed 28 medals as of Monday evening, ahead of Germany with […]

Ski jumper could finally jump for joy

Maren Lundby, from the small town of Kolbu in Norway’s rural district of Toten, made her debut on the national women’s ski-jumpng team when she was 13 years old. Ten years and lots of downturns later she finally achieved her goal: A gold medal in the Winter Olympics. “It’s been the great goal and the […]

Medal rush begins, with some irritation

Norwegians grabbed all three spots on the podium for winners of a tough 30-kilometer race at the Winter Olympics in South Korea on Sunday. The clean sweep left Norway leading the medals’ race after just two days of competition, while TV viewers back home were furious when one of the medal winners’ performance was ruined […]

Experts predict an Olympic gold rush

Norwegian skiing experts are perhaps overly optimistic, but they’re predicting that Norway’s winter sports athletes will win no less than 50 medals at the Olympics getting underway in PyeongChang, South Korea. At least 20 will be gold, according to the experts and former champions polled by state broadcaster NRK. Norway has dominated winter sports competition […]

King Harald hails ski jumpers

They flew through the air with what seemed like the greatest of ease, and landed in first place with gold medals both for Norway’s ski jumping team and for Daniel-André Tande. He took his first individual World Championship in ski flying at Oberstdorf on Saturday, and shed a few tears of joy. The ski-flying team, […]